Leaving high school for college is exciting, but it pays to be extra careful in choosing the perfect college. Here are the top 12 worst colleges in America to avoid.
1. Florida Memorial College
Florida Memorial College has a reputation for being one of the worst schools in America in terms of debt and graduation rate, which is at only 42%.
Many students who end up here have an average of about $30,063 in student loans.
Grants and scholarships are available for students of this college, but they do not put a dent in the fees you have to pay.
2. Coppin State University
Unlike their name, Coppin State University is not coping.
A majority of their students fail standardized tests, and the graduation rate from this college is at an alarming 26%.
In addition to their educational lapses, the university suffered a lot of safety issues in 2019, totaling 102 incidents throughout the school year.
3. California State University
Located in Los Angeles, California State University is one of the worst colleges to attend in America.
This time, it’s not because of academic prowess but the College’s clamp-down on free speech and C+ campus activities as ranked by Niche.
In 2016, they made the news when they canceled a speaking engagement featuring Ben Shapiro and requested a panel of opposing speakers.
4. Edward Waters College
Edward Waters College is full of lousy college issues.
For those who luckily graduate, most make a median of $22,400 six years after graduation, meaning several students may not pay off their debt quickly.
5. Salem University
While it has an open admission policy that permits the enrollment of every student regardless of their educational background, Salem University doesn’t embrace anyone with open arms.
Her exorbitant $13,390 tuition fee and sky-high dropout rate will have anyone change their minds in an instant.
Additionally, Salem University students have also complained about the campus food, as well as the unprovokedly rude attitude of the college advisors.
6. Lindsey Wilson College
Lindsey Wilson College is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Yet, their tuition fees and other expenses are higher than secular schools.
Despite the college’s fees, many students complain about the poor living conditions and the awful food.
7. Black Hills State University
With a population of over 12,000 students, Black Hills State University ranks poorly on the scale.
It doesn’t help that the minimum annual income her graduates can earn a decade after enrolling is $38,800 — a pittance, considering the cost of tuition.
8. Robert Morris College
Her graduation rate is 46%, an evident statement of her progress or lack thereof.
Also, the college appears to be stuck in the past as it identifies as a historically black college. As such, the diversity across the campus is close to non-existent.
9. Texas College
While Texas has a lot of things going for it, Texas College isn’t one. The school’s shocking 12% graduation rate is the bottom of the barrel.
10. University of Alaska Anchorage
As if that wasn’t enough, the university is costly.
The fees have made some students stop pursuing their lifelong educational goals, adding to the fact that Alaska’s weather is a force students will reckon with.
11. LeMoyne-Owen College
The data for LeMoyne-Owen College are all over the place — and it’s not a good place.
If the statistics are anything to go by, it is evident that you should stay far away from this school.
11. DeVry University
DeVry University is easily one of the worst colleges in America.
Recently, the college was under fire for the false promises they made to students about possibly getting a job immediately after graduation.
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Caitriona Maria is an education writer and founder of TPR Teaching, crafting inspiring pieces that promote the importance of developing new skills. For 7 years, she has been committed to providing students with the best learning opportunities possible, both domestically and abroad. Dedicated to unlocking students' potential, Caitriona has taught English in several countries and continues to explore new cultures through her travels.